Education Letter to the Editor

Drawing Distinctions in ‘Teaching to the Test’

September 04, 2007 1 min read

To the Editor:

I always read with interest pieces about teaching to the test (“Teaching With the Test, Not to the Test,” Commentary, Aug. 15, 2007). In my college classes in assessment, I always ask, “Should we teach to the test?” and the resounding answer is always, “No!” But I say, “Yes!” If students are to be successful on any test, we had better teach to the test. The real problem is when we teach the test itself.

Samuel K.Weinschenk

Wickenburg, Ariz.

A version of this article appeared in the September 05, 2007 edition of Education Week